Quotes by Robert Green Ingersoll

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When a man really believes that it is necessary to do a certain thing to be happy forever, or that a certain belief is necessary to ensure eternal joy, there is in that man no spirit of concession. He divides the whole world into saints and sinners, into believers and unbelievers, into God's sheep and Devil's goats, into people who will be glorified and people who are damned.
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Crimes were committed to punish crimes, and crimes were committed to prevent crimes. The world has been filled with prisons and dungeons, with chains and whips, with crosses and gibbets, with thumbscrews and racks, with hangmen and heads-men - and yet these frightful means and instrumentalities have committed far more crimes than they have prevented... Ignorance, filth, and poverty are the missionaries of crime. As long as dishonorable success outranks honest effort - as long as society bows and cringes before the great thieves, there will be little ones enough to fill the jails.
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He loves his country best who strives to make it best.
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Mental slavery is mental death, and every man who has given up his intellectual freedom is the living coffin of his dead soul.
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If I had my way I'd make health catching instead of disease.
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The destroyer of weeds, thistles and thorns is a benefactor, whether he soweth grain or not.
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Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.
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